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Beginner Modules

Code to CAD

Students learn to code and use computer aided design (CAD) to design, create and 3D print to bring their code to life. Students will gain a better grasp on how our increasingly technological world works.


This lesson helps students understand how landforms are made through natural processes via 3D printed models of the earth's landscapes. Students learn to digitally sculpt a terrain by simulating erosion, deposition and weathering, and 3D print their landform using a computer aided design (CAD).


Students learn how to 3D print their free-form drawings using the Shape Maker tool in MakerBot PrintShop. Students learn how 3D printing can bring their ideas to life.


Students use a sound wave generator and computer aided design (CAD) to 3D print the sound waves their voices make. Students learn how pitch and intonation change sound waves through 3D printed models they can hold in their hand.

Intermediate Modules

Computer Mouse

Students learn to use design tools to create complex product designs that maximize productivity. Students create and refine their concept, and 3D print their wireless computer mouse using computer aided design (CAD) software.

Ear Bud Holder

Students design and 3D print a part that secures the ear buds in a compact holder. This project illustrates the benefits of 3D printing small prototypes, and allows students to continuously assess and refine designs based on real-world testing.


This lesson helps students create adjustable, wireless headphones for optimal performance and comfort. Students learn how to make concept and scaled sketches of their design ideas, and use computer aided design (CAD) software to 3D print their headphones.

Advanced Modules

Chess Set

Students are challenged to develop a consistent theme, design identifiable pieces and create an appropriately sized board. Students learn the steps of a successful design process, from scaled sketches to the final 3D printed chess set.


Students use colors and exaggerated facial expressions to define a persona and create a unique creature. Students use 3D sculpting software to manipulate a digital object as if it were made of clay. Students learn how to develop designs, digitally sculpt and 3D print their creatures.

Drone Quadcopter

Students gain experience navigating the design process using 3D printing to test and iterate their designs. Students learn how to create a concept and scaled sketches, and how to solve design problems by continuously assessing and refining designs based on real-world testing.


Students will use computer-aided design, engineering analysis and 3D printing together with hands-on building to create a rocket. The project is designed to prove student proficiency in part modeling, advanced part modeling, drawing theory and assembly modeling.

Solar Car

Students develop their design based on gears, bearings, torque and more, while 3D printing various parts for the car's assembly. Students learn how to create concepts and scaled sketches with accurate measurements, and use computer aided design (CAD) software to 3D print solar car components.